Judicial Review Committee

Guidelines for the Admission of Students with Criminal Histories

The purpose of the Judicial Review Committee is to enhance the safety of the university community through reviewing appropriate information to decide whether each applicant with a criminal history should be admitted to the university. 

The Judicial Review Committee is a standing committee of Arkansas State University-Beebe. The members of the committee are appointed by the Chancellor. 

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Applications from students with criminal histories must be received in the Admissions Office at least 45 days prior to the beginning of the term in which they are applying in order for a proper investigation to occur. 

  • Upon receipt of an application with the "yes" box checked for convictions, the Admissions staff places the application on hold pending further review.
  • A letter requesting specifics of the criminal history is sent to the applicant, while a member of the University Police will gather additional documentation.
  • Additional information that must be submitted or acquired before consideration by the committee includes:
    • Copy of the arrest report(s)
    • Court documents concerning the criminal history
    • Guidelines of the probation or parole
    • Name and telephone number of the probation or parole officer
    • Documentation of successful completion of rehabilitation classes or instruction
    • Work history and employment references
  • Upon receipt of the requested documents, the committee will review the documentation and make a decision regarding the applicant's eligibility. Only complete application packages will be reviewed. 
  • The decision of the committee will be based upon the following:
    • Age of the applicant at the time which the act was committed
    • Circumstances surrounding the act
    • Length of time since the act
    • Whether or not the applicant poses a threat to the safety of persons or property in the university community
    • Subsequent work or credit history
    • Employment references
    • Applicant's compliance with all court orders in regards to their conviction
    • Other evidence demonstrating that the applicant does not pose a threat to the safety of persons or property in the university community
  • Applicants will be informed of the committee's decision in writing. 

The decision of the committee is final.

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The decision of the committee if final.

Applicants may not reapply for admissions in the same academic year that they were denied by the committee unless there is updated information to be considered.

Any applicant, who fails to list all criminal offenses on the application, is automatically denied admission. If it is later learned that an applicant falsified an application with respect to his or her criminal history, that student may be expelled. 

Members of the committee should be able to review the documentation at least 48 hours before the committee meets. 

Applicants may only correspond with the Chief of University Police. 

All information pertaining to the committee decisions is considered to be confidential, personal information that can only be discussed among the members of the committee. Any other personnel seeking such information must do so through the Chief of University Police. 

Students approved by the Judicial Review Committee are not permitted to live in the residence halls. 

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